The all-new BMW 5 Series will boast more technology, more space and greater efficiency when it arrives in 2017.
The current 5 Series has been left trailing by newer rivals such as the Jaguar XF and Mercedes E-Class, which have gained the upper hand in refinement, technology and comfort. This all-new 5 Series looks set to change that, because it will benefit from innovations seen on BMW’s 7 Series.
Changes start at the front with new, sleeker LED headlamps integrated with the trademark kidney grille; adaptive LED lights with a 500-metre illumination range will also be available.
The surfacing is more complex than it is on the current car, with a prominent shoulder line stretching back to the tail-lights, while the bonnet shut line has been removed. Twenty one exterior paint finishes will be available, while alloy wheels will range from 17 to 20 inches in diameter.
Beneath the new body, the 5 Series also benefits from a new chassis – it’s the same basic platform used on the 7 Series but without the carbon fibre core. Nevertheless, it helps cut 70kg from the kerbweight alone. More extensive use of aluminium on the body, plus lighter brakes and alloy wheels, sheds another 30kg. The 5 Series also maintains its 50:50 weight distribution.
The most efficient diesel model is the 520d EfficientDynamics edition, which is powered by a 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It is claimed to return up to 72.4mpg and emit just 102g/km of CO2. The standard 520d uses the same engine but is the only model with a six-speed manual gearbox, and as a result economy drops to 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions go up to 108g/km.
A more powerful 530d uses a 261bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel, is capable of 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and a claimed 62.8mpg. Along with the standard 520d it is also available with xDrive all-wheel drive.
As for petrol engines, buyers will have two options from launch: a 248bhp four-cylinder turbo badged as the 530i, plus a more powerful 335bhp six-cylinder turbo that’s badged 540i. Both are also available with four-wheel drive.
Shortly after the 5 Series is launched next year, BMW will introduce a flagship M550i xDrive version that will be powered by a 455bhp 4.4-litre V8. The company claims the model will be capable of covering the 0-62mph sprint in just 4.0 seconds – three tenths of a second faster than the current 552bhp M5.
Another first is BMW’s Integral Active Steering system, which is a convoluted way of describing a rear-wheel-steering set-up that should boost agility. It can be specified in conjunction with xDrive, too.
BMW has also added the latest autonomous systems to the optional active cruise control, active steering and lane-keeping assistance systems. At up to 130mph the 5 Series will be able to take control of steering, acceleration and braking inputs when called upon.
Also new is the 7 Series-inspired dashboard and centre console design, along with a new 10.25-inch touchscreen, which features wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity – a first on any production car.
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